Ann Jones

Ann Jones, a writer and photographer, has reported extensively from Afghanistan since 2002 and is the author of several books. Her most recent book is, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars— the Untold Story (2013, Dispatch Books). Her previous books include: War Is Not Over When It's Over, Kabul in Winter, Women Who Kill, and Next Time She'll Be Dead. Jones has worked with women in conflict and post-conflict zones, principally Afghanistan, and reported on their concerns. An authority on violence against women, she has served as a gender adviser to the United Nations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Nation. For more information, visit her website.

 

 

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
How to Lose Friends and Influence No One (The State Department Way)
Often it’s the little things coming out of Washington, obscured by the big, scary headlines, that matter most in the long run. Items that scarcely make the news, or fail to attract your attention, or once noticed seem trivial, may carry consequences that endure long after the latest front-page...
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Staff Sgt. John Robertson waits in a parking lot outside of the Fort Hood military base for updates on April 2, 2014. (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Star-Spangled Baggage: How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops
After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America’s biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded. When he did so, he also pulled America’s fading wars out of the...
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Monday, December 16, 2013 - 7:05am
America’s Child Soldiers
Congress surely meant to do the right thing when, in the fall of 2008, it passed the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA). The law was designed to protect kids worldwide from being forced to fight the wars of Big Men. From then on, any country that coerced children into becoming soldiers was supposed to lose all U.S.
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Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:50am
A Trail of Tears: How Veterans Return From America’s Wars
[ The text of this piece is an excerpt, slightly adapted, from Ann Jones's new book They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars -- The Untold Story , just published by Dispatch Books/Haymarket Books ]
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:00pm
Silent Soldiers, The Losers From Our Lost Wars
The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:22am
The Forgotten War: 12 Years in Afghanistan Down the Memory Hole
Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now? If history is any guide, the answer is yes. And if history is any guide, three decades from now most Americans will have only the haziest idea why.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:03am
Men Who Kick Down Doors and the War Against Women
Picture this. A man, armored in tattoos, bursts into a living room not his own. He confronts an enemy. He barks orders. He throws that enemy into a chair. Then against a wall. He plants himself in the middle of the room, feet widespread, fists clenched, muscles straining, face contorted in a scream of rage. The tendons in his neck are taut with the intensity of his terrifying performance. He chases the enemy to the next room, stopping escape with a quick grab and thrust and body block that pins the enemy, bent back, against a counter.
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Friday, March 8, 2013 - 1:20pm
Afghan Women Face the Future
This is a personal story, and it’s hard to tell because nobody knows how it will end. I first went to Afghanistan in 2002, where I volunteered with two small nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) staffed by Afghan women: widows, university students, teachers.
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Monday, January 28, 2013 - 7:35am
Only Three Choices for Afghan Endgame: Compromise, Conflict, or Collapse
KABUL, Afghanistan – Compromise, conflict, or collapse: ask an Afghan what to expect in 2014 and you’re likely to get a scenario that falls under one of those three headings.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 9:52am
Green on Blue: Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose
Recent weeks have brought yet another sad chance to watch badly laid plans in Afghanistan go haywire. In three separate incidents, allies, most from the Afghan National Army (ANA), allegedly murdered six Americans -- two of them officers in the high-security sanctum of Kabul’s Interior Ministry. Marine General John R. Allen, commander of U.S.
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